I finished all of my treatment in May of this year and I am feeling much better now that my body is not flooded with toxic chemicals. I see the doctors every 4 months and go to therapy twice a month for the lymphedema. I no longer have to wear the day sleeve and glove on my left arm and hand due to the therapy. I still have tightness and swelling in my chest,  arm and armpit area but it is something that I can tolerate.

I retired from Farm Credit in June after ten years with the company. It was difficult leaving customers that I had grown so attached to. I miss them. I am grateful many have remained my friends and still have contact with me. I worried that I would be bored but that has not been the case. You have to book an appointment with me now. My phone calendar is pretty full.

One of Paige’s co-workers needed a babysitter for four weeks and my daughter asked if I would consider filling in. Being the baby lover that I am I said yes. Tyson and I bonded from day one. He was about four months old at the time. He is an easy baby to watch. Needless to say I fell in love with him and his parents too. He nows spends every Monday at my house.

I also took part time work as a funeral assistant. Sometimes I work in the office but my real joy is out in the field helping with the funerals. It is a job that I am well suited for and fits me perfectly. The directors like me and I like assisting families at a difficult time in their lives. I am “on call’ and free to say no if I have any doctor’s appointments scheduled. It gets me out of the house and I enjoy being with and around people.

My Christmas gift was given early this year. My children gave me a trip to the Bahamas and Disneyworld. The planning for this trip started Christmas of 2012.  Paige orchestrated the event. My daughter is extremely organized and we all love having her take the reins in the planning arena. Everything was taken care of for me by Todd’s family and Paige’s. I only had to show up and enjoy the trip. It will be a forever memory in my storehouse of treasures.

I wrote about our trip and wanted to post it in my blog for my family but it was six pages long! I didn’t want to bore anyone besides family with my descriptions. However, I felt the need to record the memories for myself and my family.

We spent four days on a cruise to the Bahamas and four days spent at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Two days were spent traveling to and fro. We had a wonderful time. It was fun to see my grown children relax and my grandsons always bring me pleasure. They had fun enjoying new adventures.

We also had pouty times, meltdowns and blistered feet but those dimmed from my mind once we returned home. What stands out vividly are the smiles on my grandson’s faces, the excitement in their voices with each new discovery, the joy of having my family together and the love I felt for all of them. It was priceless.

Somewhere in my mothering I must have done something good.  The proof is evident in my loving and generous children. It was a memorable vacation for all of us. It was not the magnitude of their generous gift that made this trip such an exceptional time. I treasure the fact that my children and grandchildren desire to spend time and make memories with each other and me. They will remember and cherish this extraordinary vacation spent together in their hearts long after I am gone. It was in Disney words…. A MAGICAL TIME!

Merry Christmas from my heart and home to yours. May you feel “The Love” this season.




8 responses »

  1. Thank you for sharing, Nicki! I was just thinking of you yesterday and wondering how you are doing. Sounds like you are keeping busy and enjoying this journey. You continue to be an inspiration. God’s blessing to you and yours during this Christmas season. Miss you!

  2. How wonderful that you got to make those memories, Nicki…you are a blessed woman! It was good to see you at the Sorenson’s funeral! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. What a great gift from your children. Nothing better than spending time with your grandchildren. Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy 2014 new year.

  4. Merry Christmas Nicki!! I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. You are a great inspiration to everyone who meets you. Even through your own struggles you are a bright light reaching out to others in their time of need.
    What a blessing you are able to make these memories; your grandsons will cherish them forever. Best wishes to you in the New Year.

  5. Hi Nicki,
    Very happy for you! You deserve this. You have done many wonderful things for your family, relatives, and friends. You are a blessing for all who knows you. Wishing you and your family have many memorable Christmas! Love you.

  6. Nicki –
    So great to see your post and hear how you are doing. Whenever I call over to Nampa and it isn’t you who answers the phone, I remember that you are no longer there and wonder how you are doing. I am glad to hear that your therapy has helped so that you don’t have to wear the sleeve and glove, and that you are feeling better. Sounds like you are staying very busy and I am sure you are absolutely wonderful in your job at the funeral home, because you are such a genuine, warm and caring person. The trip with your family sounds wonderful. Please continue to check in now and then on your blog as we love to hear from you and know how you are doing. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a Healthy New Year!

  7. Thanks so much for the update. What a wonderful family and vacation! Nothing better! You are a super model, and we’re thrilled you’re thriving! We’ll get together soon! Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Lovingly

  8. Nicki: I didn’t read this until yesterday…I am so behind times! Great news for you in the New Year and so much to look forward to. There is no doubt of all the good things that have come your way – So sad with the cold here, you have to hide your tan lines from the bahamas!!
    I would love to read your six page story on your trip too and see pictures. Glad your home safe and you have such great memories of a well deserved vacation.
    Love lots

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